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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AUSTRALIAN MP - a Yugoslav spy?



Was Lewis "Bata" Kent  (1925-2014) - an Australian Labor Federal Member of Parliament an intelligence operative for Communist Yugoslavia?

by Sasha Uzunov

LEWIS "BATA" KENT - Federal MP for Hotham (1980-90)


Team Uzunov exclusive - after a 2 year wait our application for access to Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) documents is finally processed


EXPLOSIVE: ASIO files reveal a former Australian Federal MP, before entering parliament, wanted in 1964 to bomb Croat activists in Australia...


In a 1982 ASIO report on Federal MP, Lewis Kent, his "activities" were listed:


7-1-1964: "Kent suggested that they set fire to the home of Srecko Rover [controversial Croat leader in Melbourne, Australia] and that other known fascists would be given attention (either by fire, bombing or by kidnapping)


on 13-2-1964 Kent said: "we will have to burn ROVER's home, then the church, everything."
In 1964 Kent had dinner with the Yugoslav Consul General, Dejan Popovic, on a visit to Melbourne.


In the same year Popovic telephoned Kent twice during a visit to Melbourne and visited his home.


In 1976 Kent invited Dr Georgi Trajkovski, Yugoslav Consul General in Melbourne and believed to be the Croatian Six set up mastermind, to dinner.

Kent was chairman of the controversial Australian Yugoslav Welfare Society, set up by Trajkovski, and which was accused of spying upon members of the Croat, Macedonian communities in Melbourne.

source: ASIO file available in the National Archives of Australia.www.naa.gov.au




LEWIS KENT'S INSIDE MAN IN THE AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE (formerly Commonwealth Police)?

You have to shake your head in amazement at Australian law enforcement and counter intelligence "naivety." Australian Federal Police Agent, DetectiveSenior Sergeant Arnold 'stumbled upon the fact' that an translator used to examine seized Croat documents was also close toYugoslav diplomats.

In fact Detective Snr Sergeant Arnold spoke to the man at a Yugoslav consulate cocktail reception for Aco Petrovic, from the Serbian Matica, visiting Australia in November 1983.

This is an AFP report handed to ASIO and inside Lewis Kent's ASIO file.www.naa.gov.au

In another report from 1983, Kent got in contact with Anton Buneta, identified as a Yugoslav intelligence officer by ASIO.




Money shot quote:
PLO TELLS YUGOSLAVIA - we'll choose our friends, Left wing Croats !

LEFT ON LEFT & "Radical Croat Chic" - In the 1980s a splinter group, HDP, from the mainstream Croatian nationalist movement emerged, moving to the left and aligning itself with "progressive forces" such as the Australian Trotskist group, the Socialist Workers Party... but also agitating for Croatian independence from Socialist Yugoslavia.

In the ASIO file of ex Federal MP Lewis "Bata" Kent, Kent, a hardcore leftist himself and supporter of Tito's Yugoislavia, was determined to destroy this group...HDP and its links with the Australian Left.

It also undermines the stereotype of all "Croatian nationalists" being labelled as right wing Ustashas, as was being pushed by Socialist Yugoslavia at the time.

Radical Croat Chic & George Seitz

In 1982, the HDP organised a dinner-dance in Melbourne, Australia and invited a representative from the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), Anton Shaer, and the Irish Republican Movement, Barry Hughes to give a talk. Also present was the ALP MP for the state seat of Keilor, Australian-Croat, George Seitz.

The event was reported in the local Croatian newspaper, Hrvatski Tjednik and a copy sent to PLO Heaquarters in Damascus, Syria. On finding out, Yugoslavia, a long time supporter of the PLO, protested.

The money shot quote: "PLO will choose its friends."

ASIO took this development very seriously...the Croats playing the "leftist card."




Wednesday, July 09, 2014

GERMAN POLICE - NO SAMBEVSKI MURDER




Triple M (MMM ) - Murder Mystery in Munich ? Sambevski case!

by Sasha Uzunov

ANOTHER GERMAN SHOCK ! - hot on the heels of Germany's demolition of Brazil 7-1, we deliver another German shock, a World exclusive breaking story brought to you by TEAM UZUNOV.

WORLD EXCLUSIVE - German Police can't locate file on the alleged suspicious death of Macedonian dissident Blagoja Sambevski in 1974. No record of murder taking place.

Munich City Police has just released a statement saying that there was no recorded murder of Blagoja Sambevski on the night of July 31/ August 1, 1974 in the city of Munich.

This has come as a bombshell. It contradicts claims made by Slovenian author Roman Leljak that the German police had re-opened the case.

We will keep you posted on any further developments from the Bavarian State Police.

Our previous story on Sambevski - see link

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The email from the Munich City Police (Bavarian State Police).

On 07/07/2014, at 9:56 PM, "(PP-MUE)" <> wrote:

Sehr geehrter Herr Uzunov,

leider kann ich Ihnen keine Auskunft zu dem vonIhnen angeführten Fall machen.

Weder bei der Polizei in München, noch bei der Staatsanwaltschaft München I gibt es Unterlagen zu Blagoja Sambevski.

Es gab in München tatsächlich Tötungsdelikte in dem von Ihnen erwähnten Zusammenhang, allerdings war eine Person namens Sambevski hier nicht betroffen.

Im Moment recherchiere ich noch im Archiv der Landeshauptstadt München, ob dort ein Todesfall unter dem namen Blagoja Sambevski verzeichnet ist. Dies kann allerdings noch einige Zeit
in Anspruch nehmen.

Sollten Sie zwischenzeitlich weitere Informationen zu den Umständen des Todes von Herrn Sambevski haben, informieren Sie mich bitte darüber.

Eventuell hat Herr Sambevski unter anderen Personalien hier gelebt. Allerdings ist im Zeitraum 31. Juli/ 01. August 1974 in München tatsächlich niemand ermordet worden.

Aufgrund derOrganisationsstruktur der bayerischen Polizei kann ich allerdings nur für den Bereich der Landeshauptstadt und den Landkreis München sprechen.

Sollte ich weitere Informationen erhalten, werde ich Sie benachrichtigen.

Monday, June 23, 2014

UDBa COLD CASE - BLAGOJA SAMBEVSKI


















































40 years since the suspicious death or murder of Macedonian anti-communist and anti-Yugoslav dissident in Munich, Germany. Was he killed by UDBa, Yugoslav intelligence?

UDBa COLD CASE ? - BLAGOJA SAMBEVSKI
by Sasha Uzunov

In 1974 a Macedonian anti-Communist dissident Blagoja Sambevski, an opponent of Tito's Yugoslavia and Secretary of the emigre organisation DOOM (Movement for the Liberation and Unification of Macedonia), was found dead at the hotel he was working at as a night porter in Munich, West Germany. His head and body had been covered in blood with signs of blunt force trauma wounds to his skull...

It is speculated that Sambevski, assuming he had been murdered by Yugoslav intelligence (UDBa), had known his killer or killers; that the murder had been made to look messy and unprofessional in order not to arouse Bavarian State Police (German police force) suspicion, instead make it appear as a violent street crime.


Perhaps the killer or killers were also "pretending" to be dissidents or had even inflitrated DOOM and had gained the trust of Sambevski before killing him...




DEATH THREATS?


According to Makedonska Nacija (Macedonian Nation), DOOM's official newspaper, some threatening letters that were sent  Sambevski weeks  before his suspected murder by Yugoslav Intelligence (UDBa) 



It might be a crazy idea--and I'm not a forensics expert--but I was wondering is it possible to take a DNA sample from saliva licked on postage stamps 40 years ago? Probably not .

I suppose if the Bavarian State Police re-open the case, and if they have kept the evidence, the clothing etc, they could probably run DNA testing, if possible.



Sambevski, was found dead by a fellow staff member on the nightshift of July 31 / August 1, 1974,  a day before the Ilinden Uprising commemoration (2 August) - Macedonian national day- fairly symbolic gesture if you wanted to send a political message.


PROVOKATSIYA

Provokatsiya is a Soviet intelligence tecnhique, first invented by the Tsarist Russian secret police and later perfected by the Soviet Cheka/OGPU/KGB and later taught to Yugoslav intelligence (OZNA/UDBa/SDB and Miltary counter-intelligence KOS).

Yugoslav Communist ruler Josip Broz Tito (code name WALTER) spent the 1920s living in the Soviet Union and survived the various Stalinist purges by toeing the official party line.

Provokatsiya or False Flag Operations involves creating "false opposition groups" and then drawing in genuine dissidents before destroying them...One successful action from the 1920s was the TRUST Operations, which fooled Russian monarchist opponents.

See link for a detailed history by Dr John Schindler:

The TRUST OPERATIONS: Menzhinsky's success


The Cheka became the OGPU in 1922 with Vyacheslav Menzhinsky  as its successful Director in conducting the TRUST Operations. see link 


THE 1940 TROTSKY ASSASSINATION SIMILIAR TO 1974 SAMBEVSKI "DEATH?" 

Leon Trotsky, was one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution of 1917 but fell foul of political rival Josef Stalin and was forced into exile. In 1940 Soviet intelligence hatched an evil plan to finally "dispose" of Trotsky, living in Mexico.

Soviet Intelligence infiltrated a Spanish Communist by the name of Ramon Mercader who posed as a Canadian with the mispelt name of Frank Jacson [Jackson] and he was able to befriend Trotsky over a period of time until he attacked him with an ice pick and bludgeon Trostsky over the head who died later in hospital.


In 1974 a Macedonian anti-Communist dissident Blagoja Sambevski, an opponent of Tito's Yugoslavia and Secretary of DOOM (Movement for the Liberation and Unification of Macedonia), was found dead at the hotel he was working at as a night porter in Munich, West Germany. His head and body had been covered in blood with signs of blunt force trauma wounds to his skull...

It is speculated that Sambevski, assuming he had been murdered by Yugoslav intelligence (UDBa), had known his killer or killers; that the murder had been made to look messy and unprofessional in order not to arouse Bavarian State Police (German police force) suspicion, instead make it appear as a violent street crime.

Perhaps the killer or killers were also "pretending" to be dissidents or had even infiltrated DOOM and had gained the trust of Sambevski before killing him...

Mercader was captured and spent many years in jail before being released and awarded a "Hero of the Soviet Union" medal. Sambevski's killer or killers are still officially unknown and have never been brought to justice.

We can only speculate but the killer or killers of Sambevski would have enjoined state honours, medals, awards and privileges from SFR Yugoslavia and probably is or are still being protected by the authorities of the Republic of Macedonia, one the successor states of Yugoslavia and ironically what Sambevski was responsible for.

So Sambevski's death or murder did not stop Yugoslavia from falling apart internally.
In 1977 - DOOM leader Dragan Bogdanovski was alleged to have been kidnapped by UDBa whilst in Paris and smuggled back to the Socialist Republic of Macedonia, then a part of SFR Yugoslavia to face trial for "anti-Yugoslav" activities, for which he was given over 10 years jail until released to found in 1990 one of the major political parties operating now in the independent Republic of Macedonia, VMRO-DPMNE.


Bogdanovski's opponents have accused him of being a "double-agent" for UDBa, with documents purporting to show his activities. But some have cast doubt on the authenticity of these documents produced during the Lustration Commission, established in post-communist Macedonia to discover who the informers were. 

The irony of all of this is no politician or  UDBa senior commander or operative has ever been revealed nor who gave the orders to kill Sambevski and who the hit man or men was/were.



Friday, May 30, 2014

SNATCHING PRIVATE MATEVSKI?

Photo source: Programme de coopération décentralisée entre la 
Région Basse-Normandie et la République de Macédoine 

By Sasha Uzunov


We do the heavy lifting in research but Dnevnik newspaper in Skopje & TV Station Orbis in Bitola take the credit.... It's not our fault if we don't sit around all day in a Skopje or Bitola cafe drinking coffee and chain smoking. Some of us like to actually "work" as journalist !

NO CREDIT FROM DNEVNIK NEWSPAPER IN SKOPJE, & TV STATION ORBIS, BITOLA, MACEDONIA.


We solved a 70 year mystery over Pande Matevski (Panta Matevich) - the US soldier from Bitola, Macedonia who was killed in Normandy 1944- but Dnevnik reporter Zaneta Zdravkovska doesn't give us credit for uncovering that he enlited in the US Army under the name of Panta Matevich and his rank was Private First Class and not Petty Officer.

However, the Dnevnik article keeps repeating the mistake that he was in Airbourne (desant). He was in infantry. The Dnevnik article also keeps repeating the mistake that Pande Matevski was a "junior officer - podoficir."

Private First Class is not an officer rank nor is it an NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer rank - Staresina-in Macedonian- Corporal, Sergeant, etc).

We also mentioned his brother Peter.

The original Dnevnik article, on April 8 2014, which broke this story could not understand why Matevski's name did not appear in US military records. This is where we solved the mystery by going through US immigration and Army records and uncovering Matevski's family: his sister Kalopia Tasseff, his brother Peter, his father and mother.

After we solved this mystery, all of a sudden Zdravkovska has quoted an organisation based in Skopje called 
Programme de coopération décentralisée entre la Région Basse-Normandie et la République de Macédoine (see the link) the with the answers on 27 May 2014...This organisation has given funding to TV Station Orbis in Bitola to make a short documentary about Private Matevski. We have not been contacted by any of the three organisations.


But prior to this no one had any idea...about why his name did not exist in US Army records. Hilarious.


Even the idea or theme such as the Saving Private Ryan/Steven Spielberg tagline for the documentary film mentioned in the Dnevnik article is similiar to our introductory paragraph of our April 28, 2014 story:

link:

by Sasha Uzunov

June/July 1944 D-Day and Normandy Landings - Steven Spielberg had Saving Private Ryan, we have SOLVING PRIVATE MATEVSKI .

With the 70th anniversary of D-Day approaching... I began seeking any information on a Private First Class Panta Matevich (Pande Matevski) 28th Infantry regiment, 8th Infantry Division, US Army, who fell in July 1944 in Normandy.

The Dnevnik article:
link:

За неговата трагична животна приказна Асоцијацијата на агенции за локална демократија со финансии од Франција снимија краток документарен филм, кој ќе биде прикажан по повод 70-годишнината од десантот во Нормандија. Филмот се вика „Војникот Рајан од Битола“, а насловот е инспириран од оскаровецот „Спасувајќи го војникот Рајан“ на Стивен Спилберг. Премиерно ќе биде прикажан утре (петок) во 12 часот во Центарот за култура во Битола, а за неколку дена, најверојатно, и на главната манифестација во Франција.

- Жанета Здравковска -

http://teamuzunovmedia.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/solving-private-matevski.html

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On Facebook - April 9, 2014 we uncovered Pande Matevski had enlisted in the US Army under the name of Panta Matevich. On 28 April we published our story...

Note on Facebook homepage

Sasha Uzunov
April 9 ·
I believe I might have solved the mystery of the Macedonian, Pande Matevski (1914-44), serving in the US Army who was killed in Normany, 1944.

According to US military records a Private First Class Panta Matevich, born 1914, enlisted in the US Army from Cook County, Chicago Ilinois, US. Army ID number is 36032731. Later killed in Action.

He was an unskilled labourer, single, working with metals in civilian life.

Note: the Republic of Macedonia was from 1913 to 1941 under the occupation of the Kingdoms of Serbia & later Yugoslavia and names had been forcibly changed or Serbianised.

This might be the gentleman referred to the article below but we would still need more confirmation:


see link 

 - UPDATE -
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The Australian Macedonian Today (Denes) newspaper, 5 June 2014 - gives credit where credit is due and puts the overall story in context. The caption to my photo reads: "Australian journalist Sasha Uzunov's role in solving the mystery behind Pande Matevski (Panda Matevich)."


Friday, May 23, 2014

THE MIJALKOV MYSTERY DEEPENS




































Former Macedonian Intelligence Officer, Alexander Dinevski, no stranger to controversy.


Unearthed document: 1992 formal complaint to the Macedonian President Kiro Gligorov and Parliament

THE JORDAN MIJALKOV MYSTERY DEEPENS - Why did Macedonia's Interior Minister Frckoski order intelligence officer's arrest in 1992?

by Sasha Uzunov

Professor Doctor Ljubomir Danailov Frckoski, who in recent times has cultivated the image of a mild mannered public intellectual who critiques mock baroque statues, had a more ruthless side to his stage personna as Macedonia's Interior Minister, ordering the arrest of a highly respected counter-intelligence officer and seizing documents relating to his successor Jordan Mijalkov killed in a mysterious car crash in Serbia in late 1991.

WELCOME TO BRAJCINO ? DOBRODOJDOVTE VO BRAJCINO? 

Alexander (Aleksandar) "Aco" Dinevski , an officer with the Interior Ministry's SDB (Sluzba za Drzavna Bezbednost - State Security Service) was arrested on the 13 July 1992 whilst on annual summer vacation in his father's village of Brajcino, in the Lake Prespa region of Macedonia. The order had come from Interior Minister Frckoski over claims that Dinevski had been leaking secrets.

The Interior Ministry runs the police force and intelligence services.

Dinevski, flanked by SDB officers, was then driven back to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia and made to hand over his work files from his office safe as well as having his flat (apartment) in Skopje searched and private documents and books seized, including material relating to Mijalkov.

He later was released from custody and began court proceedings against Minister Frckoski over wrongful dismissal. In 1993 during my time as a reporter with the MILS news agency in Skopje I met Dinevski and attended his court trial on 18 March 1993. His lawyer being the well known attorney Rafael Cerepnalkovski-Rafe, later to become a Supreme Court judge. The matter was eventually settled.

Dinevski is no stranger to controversy. As a young reformist intelligence officer, he together with seven other colleagues, known as The Eight (Osumminata na RSVR), began pushing for reforms in Macedonia's interitor ministry then under Federal Communist Yugoslav control. His group also exposed corruption and abuse of power by Macedonia's communist ruling elite, namely Lazar Kolisevski, a close collaborater with Yugoslav ruler Marshal Tito.


In 1991 Macedonia became independent after leaving the collapsing Federal Yugoslavia, caused in most part in Serbian leader's attempts to set up a Greater Serbia.

Recently, Dinevski was in the news after being arrested on alleged espionage charges by the current Gruevski government.

Bizarre: WHY DID FRCKOSKI WANT TO SEIZE BOGDANOVSKI'S SIGNATURE & MIJALKOV PAPER?
In 1993 Dinevski gave me a copy of his 1992 deposition and formal complaint to the the President of Macedonia, Kiro Gligorov, seeking Frckoski's sacking.

The document reads (in Macedonian):

"I had documents taken from my flat that did not relate to state security. I had a book that was personally signed by Dragan Bogdanovski [Macedonian dissident imprisoned by Communist Yugoslavia in 1977]. This book is readily available overseas. I wanted to study Bogdanovski's signature [rakopis]."

Dinevski then adds:

"I had drafted a "Proclamation [Proglas] for public resistance against JNA [Yugoslav People's Army] aggression against Republic of Macedonia" during 3 or 4 July 1991 on the instructions of the late Interior Minister Jordan Mijalkov. We were expecting JNA armed intervention when armed police vehicles had surrounded the Macedonian Parliament, MRTV [State broadcaster] office. A number of copies of this proclamation were lodged in a number of places just in case the JNA had liquidated the Macedonian political leadership.

"This paper was made known to the SDB chain of command. It never carried any security classification."

Dinevski also reveals he had a document, in the public domain, about Slave Vasovski, indicted for a bombing in Skopje in 1974.

Another document taken related to fellow SDB officer Mile Ilievski, one of The Eight, who committed suicide 6 May 1992; and a proposal from an SDB commander and later advisor to Minister Frckoski, that Ilievski's phone (number 208-189 in Skopje) should be tapped from 30 April to 8 May 1992.

DINEVSKI CRITIC OF GRUEVSKI'S LUSTRATION:

Dinevski became a critic of Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's Lustration Commission, a judicial body set up to investigate former Communist informers.

Dinevski told EU pundit Sinisa Jakov-Marusic: “From my experience in the security forces, I know that many operatives were adding stuff to their reports that was not true, naming informants they never met… and now we pronounce people as spies based on those documents."


Dinevski's 1992 deposition - making a formal complaint to the President of Macedonia, Kiro Gligorov and asking for the sacking of then Interior Minister Ljubomir Danailov Frckoski






































Related Story - link

THE JORDAN MIJALKOV HIT - was the Macedonian Minister assassinated?

by Sasha Uzunov

Just before Christmas 1991, I got a phone call from two Melbourne based branch members, Andon Lazarevski and Vidan Zvezdakovski, from VMRO-DPMNE, now the governing party in Macedonia. They were faxing media releases about the unexpected death of Jordan Mijalkov, Macedonia's Interior Minister. One was sent to the BBC in London but with no response.

They asked if I, as an independent freelance journalist, was interested in the story? I said I was happy to talk to anyone from any political party, including Macedonia's Social Democrats (SDSM), or ethnic background for information. It is a hard business trying to steer an independent course amongst Macedonia's two major political parties.

In December 1991 Jordan Mijalkov, was killed in a car accident as he was rushing to meet with his Serbian counterpart. At the time there was speculation his death had been arranged by person or persons unknown. The other possibility was it was a genuine car crash.
read more - go to above link



Monday, May 19, 2014

RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH

The Serb Ambassador Dusanka Divjak-Tomic breaks down in tears in Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia, over her gratitude for Macedonia's offer of humanitarian assistance to flood victims in Serbia. source: vistina mk - link

RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH

The cultural difference between Macedonia & Serbia:
by Sasha Uzunov

HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE - when news of the devastating floods in Serbia and Bosnia hit, the Macedonian public and media quite rightly and instinctively offered to provide assistance to Serbia. They put aside their concerns about their powerful and capricious neighbour to the north. It's simply called human decency. People are people, regardless of the race, creed, colour.

You can see in the photo above the Serb Ambassador in Macedonia overcome with tears with gratitude over Macedonia's help.

In contrast, in April of this year at a formal commemoration, the Serb state media snubbed the 25,000 Macedonian Partizans with the 15th Macedonian Army Corps who fought at the Syrmian Front (Sremski Front) in Serbia in 1945 during World War Two's last major ferocious battle as the Germans made their last stand in the Balkans. There was no acknowledgement, no thank you for the sacrifice or for the humanitarian assistance.





15th Macedonian Army Corps on its way to the Syrmian Front (Sremski Front).

Furthermore, the Serbian state, though secular, uses the false cover of religion to destabilise Macedonia. The Serbian Orthodox Church, lacking any compassion or humanity, refuses to recognise the existence of the Macedonian Orthodox Church.

Diplomatic relationships are about building trust. In plain English it should be a two-way street.


The Macedonian people, on a whole, are a reasonable and tolerant people who have been forced to endure neighbouring states' contradictory behaviour: Greece's bullying over Macedonia's rightful name, Bulgarian refusal to recognise the existence of a separate Macedonian identity; and European Union and Western de-facto support for the ethnic Albanian insurgency in 2001 which nearly tore Macedonia apart.


For a small and peace-loving country it is being put through the ringer but can still uphold principles of decency and compassion.


We are surprised that EU pundit Sinisa Jakov Marusic of Balkan Insight website has gone "missing in action" over the story?

The article in the Serbian media leaves out the Macedonian contribution:


4/12/2014 3:40:00 PM

69 years since breakthrough of Syrmian Front

BELGRADE - Serbia marked on Saturday 69 years since the breakthrough of the Axis lines on the Syrmian Front after a 175-day campaign to liberate Yugoslavia from Nazi occupation in World War II.

The Syrmian Front campaign saw some of the most difficult and longest and most tragic WWII fighting. Over 250,000 soldiers fought in the trench battles from October 21, 1944 to April 12, 1945.

The Syrmian Front was an Axis defense line established along the western border of the Serbian region of Syrmia (Srem) after the final campaigns to liberate Belgrade and the country were started by the Yugoslav Partisans and their allies.

The Germans defended the front line heavily in desperate attempts to protect the withdrawal of its army's Group E from Greece through regions of Macedonia, Metohija, Kosovo, Sandzak and Bosnia.

On October 21, 1944, following the liberation of Belgrade, the 1st Proletarian Corps of the People's Liberation Army of Yugoslavia (NOVJ) went into an offensive to capture the Axis's trenches to protect the liberated capital and continue pushing the enemy further to the west.

A total of 12 Yugoslav divisions were backed by the Soviet Red Army and the Bulgarian People's Army. A Slovenian battalion formed in the liberated Belgrade and an Italian brigade also joined the 1st Proletarian Corps's offensive.

The Yugoslav units consisted mostly of under-aged young men drafted en masse in Serbia in the winter of 1944 and 1945.

On the Axis side were units of the Nazi German army and Independent State of Croatia.

The difficult and bloody battles, fought in heavy snow and fierce winds, claimed the lives of at least 13,500 NOVJ soldiers, mostly young men sent to the front from Serbia and Montenegro, but the exact number and full names of the soldiers have never been established or listed.

The losses and casualties for the Russian Red Army numbered at least 1,100 soldiers, the Bulgarian Army lost 630 men and the Italian brigade went back home without 163 of their men. The Axis side saw about 30,000 killed or wounded.

History has it written that that all the units taking part in the fighting on the Syrmian Front had an ally in the population of Syrmia as the homes and facilities of these people proved secure shelters for their men.

The breakthrough of enemy lines on the Syrmian Front marked the end of World War II on the territory of today's Republic of Serbia. The entire territory of the former Yugoslavia was liberated in an allied offensive in less than a month after that.

The German Army Group E capitulated to Yugoslav Partisans on April 12, 1945, and its commander, General Alexander von Loehr, the mastermind behind a massive air attack aimed at destroying Belgrade in early April 1941, was captured. He was tried for war crimes and sentenced to death in February 1947.

Most historians concur that the Syrmian Front proved to be of huge importance for the Allies and crucial for the Yugoslav Partisans, but they are not sure if it was really necessary for so many young Serbian men to leave their bones in the mud of the Syrmian plains.
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The official history - detailing the 15th Macedonian Army Corps participation at the Syrmian Front (Sremski Front) Bora Mitrovski: PETNAESTI (MAKEDONSKI) UDARNI KORPUS Vojnoizdavački zavod, Beograd, 1983  link

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

EU PUNDIT ON IMPORTS/EXPORTS


EU PUNDIT GETTING HER IMPORTS/EXPORTS WRONG
by Sasha Uzunov

In the old Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia they used to shout TITO-PARTIJA as sign of enforced consensus of the population. Since the collapse of SFRY and the Soviet Union in 1991 we have had the European Union taking on board more and more the characteristics of these two socialist multi-ethnic federations. The EU pushes a line of diversity and tolerance but it's not diverse and certainly not tolerant.

Which brings us to the next question:

WHO IS ANNA MILOVANOVIC-FAZLIU? 

Lord have mercy on us, but young Anna has been "marinaded" with EU nanny state thinking - her qualifications:

University of Kent at Brussels - Master of Laws (LLM), International Law with International Relations
2011 – 2012.

You can read more on the EU nanny state here link

In one of the EU mouthpieces, which makes the old Soviet state controlled newspaper Pravda look like amateurs, the Balkaninsight blog, she wrote:

"Macedonia's leadership problem is also a global leadership problem. Diaspora communities, Macedonia’s included, export conflicts from their home countries. Members of the US Congress then adopt the perceived positions of their constituents, empowering nationalists in the countries of origin and reversing progress made in the said countries. But diasporas should avoid hindering political maturation in their country of origin and ethnic barriers must be discarded to work on substantive issues. The Macedonian diaspora should welcome all Macedonian citizens and individuals who identify as Macedonian, whether by ethnicity or nationality, and set a positive example for their country of origin."
One of the worst articles ever written in attacking the ethnic Macedonian diaspora in allegedly exporting conflict.. Bad expression. Cookie-cutter or template expressions in mouthing EU directives on tolerance, which in effect are intolerant.

Milovanovic must have forgotten but ethnic leader Albanian Ali Ahmeti was exporting war in 2001 from his residence in Switzerland and it had nothing to do with the ethnic Macedonian diaspora.

It's not the ethnic Macedonian diaspora that is "excluding" Mr Ahmeti but Mr Ahmeti excluding himself by using a foreign flag, that of neighbouring Albania. It's Mr Ahmeti, according to US diplomatic cables published in wikileaks, who imports/exports conflict by using thugs from Kosovo to beat up local Albanians in Macedonia to vote for him.


In 2013 we wrote: "Ali Ahmeti, since his 2001 ethnic Albanian uprising made him a political powerbroker in the Republic of Macedonia courtesy of getting the West on side, has successfully played a great political balancing act, keeping two contradictory forces, the Liberal West and his conservative electorate on side. But for how long can he keep this up before his opponents--and we are not talking about the Macedonian political bloc but from within his own camp-- see the contradictions? Ahmeti heads the DUI party - (Democratic Union for Integration or BDS in Albanian)."


Don't take my word for it… you can read all about Mr Ahmeti's great balancing act here - see links to previous stories:

The Nanny State - Macedonian style - link
Ali Ahmeti - link
Concerns over re-writing of World War II history - link
We even asked EU Commissioner Stefan Fule about Ahmeti - link 
We profile Ahmeti's right-hand woman - Teuta Arifi - link

Milovanovic sees herself as the voice of reason in trying to downplay "ethnic tensions" in Macedonia but it is the wrong way in going about it. She is rewarding someone who has committed acts of violence, Mr Ahmeti, in obtaining power.


Then there is Russian President Vladimir Putin and his concerns over ethnic violence being exported from Macedonia to Syria but ironically enough its not from ethnic Macedonians! see links here 

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I don't know how much "tolerant" and "diverse" Macedonia can get when it has bent over backwards to accommodate the standards set by the EU, which hypocritically are not practiced by EU members Greece and Bulgaria over their denial of Macedonian identity. Furthermore, Macedonia's Defence Minister is a guy called Talat Xhaferi, an ethnic Albanian  Macedonian Army officer who deserted to join Ahmeti in the 2001 war in Macedonia. I can't for the life of me understand where Milovanovic is going with her assertions?


Another question remains is why do pundits such as Anna Milovanovic and fellow cookie-cutter journalist Sinisa Jakov-Marusic avoid asking Ahmeti his views on women's rights, feminism, the family structure, abortion, gender orientation? We have raised this issue with EU Commissioner Fule, why are Milovanovic and Marusic too afraid to do the same?

After all these experts claim to support diversity and tolerance? Why are they "discriminating" against Mr Ahmeti by not asking for his views?
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A sample of Sinisa Jakov Marusic's EU cookie-cutter or template journalism. He takes a report on face value which is critical of The Republic of Macedonia, yet in contravention of standard journalist practice, he doesn't get a response from the Macedonian government nor even the opposition parties, not even the ethnic Albanian parties on such a sensitive issue. 

We don't know the break down of the statistics provided, and so on. Helsinki Watch is not quoted nor the United Nations nor Amnesty International. The story which is ambigious infers that somehow ethnic Macedonians are responslibe for the alleged transgression...because on the one hand the European Union is pushing for more inclusion of ethnic Albanian parties in Macedonia's political process. We've documented in our story above of Ali Ahmeti's influence over the Macedonian government. Now, shouldn't DUI also come under scrutiny as well as a member of the coalition government?

The point here is everyone is open to scrutiny, regardless of the issue.

BALKAN INSIGHT - link 
16 FEB 12
Macedonia Gay Rights Record 'Worst in Balkans'
Sinisa Jakov Marusic, Skopje

Macedonia least respects the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community, of all the countries in the Balkans, an international watchdog says.

Macedonia's gay rights record has been slated by an international LGBT rights group.


An updated annual report, “Rainbow Europe Index 2011,” by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, ILGA–Europe, puts Macedonia at the bottom of the Balkans when it comes to legal protection for the community.
Macedonia scored only -2 on a scale from 17 to -7, with 17 as the highest score and -7 as the lowest, meaning a country characterised by “gross violations of human rights and discrimination” against the gay community.

Macedonia is the only country from the Balkans placed in the so-called red zone of worst offenders, among 13 other states.

“Nothing changed in the past year to improve [Macedonian] LGBT rights”, ILGA–Europe’s spokesperson, Juris Lavrikovs, told Balkan Insight.

The index covers laws and administrative practices that protect or violate human rights, though it does not reflect the broader social situation that LGBT people might encounter in their societies.

“Laws on hate and violence do not refer to sexual orientation or gender identity and do not recognise sexual orientation or gender identity as an aggravating factor,” ILGA complains about Macedonia, noting also that the country provides no legal recognition of same-sex partnerships.

The rest of the Balkans is only slightly better and most countries fall into the so-called yellow zone of countries that are mediocre respecters of gay rights.

Kosovo and Bosnia both score 1, while Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania and Montenegro score 2.
 
The only Balkan countries listed in the better so-called green zone are Slovenia with 6 points and Croatia with 7.

Of the rest of Europe, Ukraine comes right at the bottom, with -4 points, making it the worst violator of LGBT rights in the continent. The United Kingdom with 12.5 and Spain and Sweden with 12 points are on the top of the chart of 49 European countries.

ILGA-Europe is an international non-governmental umbrella organisation bringing together 331 organisations advocating human rights and equality for LGBT people at the European level.